While the upper level horses are certainly at full steam ahead for the fall season, the young horses are hitting the shows in multitudes, showing off what they spent all spring and summer learning. Sadly, my baby squid won’t be joining them as he is still sorting out all his legs, but every day we get closer and closer to making a 20-meter circle and not some sort of strange egg shape.
U.S. Weekend Preview:
Stoneleigh-Burnham School Fall H.T. [Website]
Your Friday News & Notes:
Badminton runner up Shaabrak has passed on. Under Lucy McCarthy (nee Wiegersma), Shaabrak competed at the three-star level from 2004 to 2011, encompassing a second place finish at Badminton in 2008. The 22 year-old gelding had been deteriorating physically as of late, and Lucy knew the decision was coming. Still, it was a surprise when Shaabrak colicked, effectively taking the decision out of their hands. [Shaabrak Put Down]
In order to handle record entries, extra judges have been recruited for the East Coast FEH. The 2016 USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) East Coast Championships will be held at Loch Moy Farm on October 6th and demand is greater than ever. In order to accommodate all the entires, the yearling and 2 year-old divisions will now be judged simultaneously with the 3 year-old division. [FEH East Coast Championship Boasts Record Entries]
If you are really getting into election coverage, (and how can you not with the media shoving it down your throat), then this sheet is for you. Lillie Keenan and Super Sox recently were called up to the team for the Nation’s Cup and stepped up in a big way. To celebrate, Super Sox got to be an American flag for Halloween. Anyone else think this would be the best equine wardrobe for team events? [Get the Look]
SmartPak Product of the Day: I’ve been a Rambo fan for years, but after SmartPak introduced their 10 year guarantee, I’ve been converted. You can’t beat the price point, especially when they are on sale. If at any point in 10 years the sheet or blanket loses waterproofing or is damaged, you can send it back for a refund or replacement. Pretty hard to beat that! [SmartPak Product of the Day]